Tour Company

Overland Travel Adventures

Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

Project #1

Kiota orphanage supports 20 children ages 4 through 14 years old. We provide children of Thika a better future by offering them better shelter, healthy food, medical attention and decent education. We are establishing that through our children’s home where they have healthy food, clean water, clothing, medical attention, education and loving care


General School Supplies:
Chalk, Colored Pencils, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Rulers, and Solar Lantern Lights

Reference Materials:
(English, French, and Swahili) Dictionaries

Flash Cards:
(English, French, and Swahili) Alphabet, Math, and Word

Wall Charts:
(English, French, and Swahili) Human Body and Science

Text/Reading Books:
(English, French, and Swahili) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

Computer Hardware/Software:
Printers, Printer Cartridges, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

Art Supplies:
Beads for Bead Work and Thread

Music Instruments:

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

First Aid:
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

New Underwear

Bath Towels

Bowls, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, and Plastic Serving Plates

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Project #2

Amani Kibera is a community library in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. Kibera is the largest slum in East Africa with population estimates ranging from 500,000 to 2 million. Students struggle to study at home due to lack of lighting (no electricity) and large families living in one room making it difficult to concentrate. The library provides a space for students to access a quiet place, tutoring, computers with internet access, and reference books.


Adult Fiction, Arts and Recreation, Early Childhood Development, General Works, Computer Science and Information, History and Geography, Language, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Literature, Philosophy and Psychology, Social Sciences, Technology, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction

Reference Materials:
(Current) Atlases, Dictionaries, (Current) Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD, and Thesauruses

Library Supplies:
Ballpoint Pens, Black Fine Liners, Book Pockets for Date Issued Cards (These can be bought professionally made up), Clear Packing Tape, Clear Sellotape, Date Issued Cards (These can be bought professionally made up), Date Stamp and Inkpad, Due-Date Slip to remind reader when to return book (These can be bought professionally made up), Erasers, Labels, Paper-Cutting Knife, Plastic Covers for Books, Retractable Pencils, Ruler, Scissors, Strong Paper/Cardboard Glue, and Tippex/White-out

Computer Hardware/Software:
E-Readers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of April 3, 2020

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.